Bob Holladay, owner of U.S. 1 Radio and four other stations in the Florida Keys, has filed an appeal with state Department of Administrative Hearings after the Monroe County Planning Commission agreed with a horde of angry residents and swatted down Holladay’s request to build a new 199-foot monopole on Sugarloaf Key. The pole, he said, would be home to his five radio stations and have rental space for cell carriers.
The planning commissioners relied on a county rule that states that a new tower can only be erected if the current radio station’s tower and operations are unsuitable, reported Keysnews.com. The commissioners argued that Holladay’s current towers and facilities work and there is no need for a new tower.
“The Planning Commission failed to base its ruling on competent substantial evidence,” Holladay’s appeal states. “The Planning Commission departed from the essential requirements of the law resulting in a miscarriage of justice.”
The broadcaster is waiting a hearing judge to be assigned to the case and will eventually get a courtroom-like hearing to determine if the tower can be erected on Upper Sugarloaf Key.